October 24, 2020

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Blade Runner 2019 #2 Review – Ash continues her hunt

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After a month we finally have the second issue of the Blade Runner 2019 comic. It is maddening to think this drip-feed release schedule will be maintained for maybe a year. While the first issue was good I did have some concerns I hoped the second issue would address. For more on Blade Runner 2019 #2 read on below. First there is a summary followed by my opinion.

Summary of Blade Runner 2019 #2

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This second issue of the Blade Runner comic sets off immediately were the first ended. Detective Aahna Ashina – or Ash – is still on the trail of Isobel and Cleo Selwyn – wife and daughter of billionaire Alexander Selwyn.

Their crashed spinner takes Ash to the practice of a doctor just know as the Skin. The trail for Selwyn’s family goes cold until Ash trails him to a patient. The patient is revealed to be a replicant. The Skin uses his skills to artificially age his patients to allow them to better hide Blade Runner such as herself.

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While she fails to apprehend (kill) the replicant he does warn her that Alexander Selwyn is not interested in finding his daughter. Instead, he wants her dead. Ash updates Selwyn on her progress but does not inform him of what the replicant said.

Meanwhile the comic also follows Isobel and Cleo Selwyn as they try to hide in the sprawls of Los Angeles. They receive help from a faction of people whose motives are not yet clear. The Skin was one of them. In this issue the Lung helps them with a new identity and sends them to the next person willing to help – The Bones.

Ash uncovers The Skin was previously known as Doctor Richard Slattery, formerly an employee of the Tyrell Corporation. Slattery has been dead for three years. Before Ash can investigate Slattery further her spinner is attacked by assailants. The issue ends with Ash’s spinner crashing to the ground.

Conclusion

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I think this issue of the Blade Runner comic was an improvement over the last. It was good to see Ash making real headway with her investigation. The introduction of the replicant and a reduction of Ash’s inner monologue make this feel more like Blade Runner. The revelation that Selwyn has ulterior motives for finding his family was suspected but it feels good we got that confirmed.

I enjoyed how the first issue was recapped in the style of the Blade Runner intro scrawl. Overall this issue was a worthwhile continuation of story, and I am looking forward to the next. Issue 3 is set for a September 18th release date. This was my review of Blade Runner 2019 #2. I hope you enjoyed reading it.